Route 84 House Fire: Three Miles from Train Tracks, Nine From a Hydrant

(10 Minute Play) A State Fire Marshal interviews a Young Girl who is the only survivor of a farmhouse fire that has presumably killed the rest of her family. However, there are no bodies, little clues, and misleading evidence. The State Fire Marshal works to unwind the Young Girl's haunting and poetic past narratives of her entire life on the farm, while drawing her into the present to solve the origin of...
(10 Minute Play) A State Fire Marshal interviews a Young Girl who is the only survivor of a farmhouse fire that has presumably killed the rest of her family. However, there are no bodies, little clues, and misleading evidence. The State Fire Marshal works to unwind the Young Girl's haunting and poetic past narratives of her entire life on the farm, while drawing her into the present to solve the origin of the house fire on Route 84.

(Acceptable alternative short title: Route 84 House Fire)
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Route 84 House Fire: Three Miles from Train Tracks, Nine From a Hydrant

Recommended by

  • Lainie Vansant:
    18 Feb. 2019
    Salsbury's haunting tale calls its audience out on its complacency and gives its young heroine incredible agency. It is poetry meeting reality, waiting for a final compromise.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    22 Jan. 2019
    Salsbury's work in this play is so taut, so economizing. One thing I notice throughout her plays, is this incredibly well-developed sense of place. We are right there, though we might not want to be. This is the kind of play that cages the audience. Brings you in close, and holds you tight. Now that I'm done reading, I might start breathing again.
  • Cameron Houg:
    22 Jan. 2019
    This play sent shivers down my spine. So much history is densely packed into such a short amount of time, it’s hard to believe. Without even knowing the names of the characters I know so much about their history and the strife they’ve gone through.

    An oddly poetic, yet uncomfortably real short play. I highly recommend checking it out.

Character Information

  • Teenage Girl
    15-25,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Cis Female or Gender Queer or Trans
  • State Fire Marshal
    40-60,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Cis Female or Gender Queer or Trans

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Midwest Dramatist Center Conference
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    Kansas City Horror Play Festival - SqueezeBox Theatre and Erica Baker Production (Under Short title 'Route 84 House Fire')
    ,
    2018
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Barn Players 6x10 (under short title 'Route 84 House Fire')
    ,
    2017
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Out Loud! Highlights from the Midwest Dramatists Conference - Phoenix KC Theatre as part of J.O.B.’s educational program
    ,
    2017

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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WildClaw Theatre Deathscribe 11 (Radio Play version)
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WildClaw Theatre
,
2018